GIV Fellowship


The GIV Fellowship is a philanthropy internship program. Fellows split their time between learning about philanthropy as a cohort and being embedded in host foundations to gain hands-on experience in the sector. Through this process, we seek to achieve the following objectives:

  •  Provide opportunities for youth to discover and explore potential careers in the philanthropic and nonprofit fields;
  •  Improve the ability of the philanthropic sector to meet community needs by including youth voice, expertise, and wisdom in foundation strategies; and
  • Develop a pipeline for youth from communities underrepresented in philanthropy to enter the field.

The GIV Fellowship provides a paid internship opportunity for young adults to learn about the philanthropic sector including grantmaking processes, impact investing, the nonprofit field, community engagement and more. The fellowship opportunity is open to young adults ages 18-24 who are passionate about making the world a better place. The fellowship will primarily serve young adults from communities underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

Upcoming Cycles

The GIV Fellowship will host our Fall 2023 cohort August 21, 2023-December 1, 2023. Fellows will be paid $18/hour for 8 hours/week over the 15-week program with an additional $300 stipend for mental wellness and transportation assistance. Fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on location and interest. Fellowship will be a hybrid structure of remote and in-person work. The Cohort meetings will be virtual for the duration of the fellowship. Foundation time will be in-person (1-2 hours  per week) and remote. 

Individuals meeting the following eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply:

    • Passionate about making the world a better place
    • Have employment authorization or are a US Citizen
    • Between the ages of 18-24 (must be 18 by the start date)
    • Feel you represent a community underrepresented in the field of philanthropy, or are otherwise disadvantaged or marginalized
    • Be able to commit to 8 hours/week (3-4 scheduled hours, 4-5 flexible hours)

If you are unsure about any of the requirements, just email our Program Manager, Jenn at and ask!


Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort are open!

Apply Here!


Fall 2023 Host Foundations:
AJL Foundation, Metro Denver
Caring for Colorado Foundation, Metro Denver
The Colorado Health Foundation, Metro Denver
Community First Foundation, Metro Denver
Gates Family Foundation, Metro Denver
NextFifty Initiative, Metro Denver
Sheng-Yen Lu Foundation, Seattle, Washington Area

Fall 2023 Cohort FAQs

Q: Does the fellowship pay?

A: Yes! Fellows will be paid $18/hour for 8 hours per week for the duration of the fellowship. A $300 stipend will be paid out in two installments; $150 in the first paycheck and $150 in the middle of the fellowship. With hourly pay and stipend, a total of $2,460 will be earned over the duration of the fellowship. 


Q: What is the time commitment?

A: Fellows will work 8 hours/week for 15 weeks (8/21/23-12/1/23). About half of those hours will be scheduled meetings with your cohort and supervisor (during a typical work day), the other half will be more flexible to fit your schedule.


Q: Do I need to be located in a certain area?

A: Residency requirements will depend on the service areas of participating host foundation. The host foundations of this cohort serve the Denver Metro Area and Seattle, Washington. We will be recruiting in these specific areas and geographic location will determine placement. Host foundations change each cohort which changes our geographic focus so check back for the next cohort and those focuses!


Q: What does “underrepresented in philanthropy” mean?

A: Philanthropy has a loaded and complicated history. The GIV fellowship seeks to prepare youth from communities underrepresented in the philanthropic sector for effective careers in the field. “Underrepresented” may include youth who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, immigrants, first-generation college students, or living with a disability. It might also mean someone who has had a formative experience that gives them a unique perspective. If you consider your voice to be “underrepresented in philanthropy or decision-making,” just explain why in the application.


Q: I’m a full time student, can I participate?

A: Absolutely! Because the schedule is fairly flexible, you plan the hours around your schedule. Keep in mind that fellows must be available for a 2 hour cohort meeting on Mondays 1pm-3pm MST and 6 hours per week with your host foundation. Please note any commitments or anticipated schedule conflicts in your application so we can determine the best fit for you and the host foundations.


Q: What kind of work will I do during the fellowship?

A: The fellowship is a deep dive into the operations of foundations. You’ll learn all about what goes into reviewing grant applicants and selecting grantees, foundation finances and programming, and critiques and innovation in the field of philanthropy. You’ll finish the fellowship by completing a capstone project with your host foundation.


Q: Do I have to be a US Citizen?

A: No, you don’t need to be a citizen, but you do need to be legally eligible to work in the US. DACA recipients and anyone with employment authorization are welcome and encouraged to apply.


Q: Can I choose which foundation I intern with?

A: Fellows will be placed at a host foundation based on their location and funding areas of interest. Please select all areas that you are interested in working on in your application. Final placement will be at the discretion of YouthRoots and the host foundation(s).  


Q: What do you mean by hybrid structure?

A: Cohort meetings will be Mondays 1pm-3pm MST virtually via zoom. The 6 hours of the foundation time will be broken down by 1-2 hours in person (for staff meetings, supervisor meetings, etc.) with 4-5 hours flexible to in-person or remote working.


Q: What materials do I need to participate?

A: Fellows will be provided with all of the information they need to know about their host foundation and the work they will be doing at the start of the fellowship. Fellows will need access to a device (tablet, computer, etc) and the internet. There’s space in the application for you to let us know if you don’t have access to a device and internet (this will not impact your application).

Thank you to all of our past participating host foundations!

  • AJL Foundation
  • Animal Assistance Foundation
  • Caring for Colorado Foundation
  • Craig-Scheckman Family Foundation
  • Gary Community Investments
  • Gates Family Foundation
  • Johnson Family Foundation
  • Kenneth King Foundation
  • Rocky Mountain Health Foundation
  • RootEd
  • The Colorado Health Foundation

Learn more about serving as a GIV host foundation.

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If you’re interested in future opportunities to participate, fill out the form below!

A special thank you to Gates Family Foundation for their commitment to youth voice and helping develop the GIV Fellowship from the ground up.

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